CHATTANOOGA – A joint investigation into drug trafficking by multiple local, state and federal agencies has resulted in the arrest Wednesday of three individuals in Putnam County. Those agencies participating included the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Middle Tennessee Task Force, FBI, DEA, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Cookeville Police Department, and 13th Judicial Drug Task Force.
On March 21st, Agents conducted surveillance at a hotel on Jefferson Avenue in Cookeville, where an individual with an active warrant was known to stay. While the surveillance was ongoing, that individual, Billy White, exited his hotel room and was taken into custody in the parking lot. Agents found on White cocaine, methamphetamine, and a large amount of cash. A search warrant of the room where White was staying was subsequently executed, and officers found a large quantity of processed marijuana, scales, packaging material, a loaded handgun and a rifle. Two other individuals were also arrested in connection to this investigation.
Those charged Wednesday include (from left to right):
*Billy White (DOB 10/02/1985), Cookeville, TN. One count Possession of Schedule II for Resale, one count Possession of Schedule VI for Resale, one count of Schedule III for Resale, one count of Introduction of Contraband in Penal Facility and one count Possession of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Bond set at $40,000.
*Kenneth Bayless (DOB 04/05/1979), Spencer, TN. One count Sale or Delivery of Schedule II for Resale. Bond set at $25,000.
*Sharlinda Turner (04/12/1992), Rock Island, TN. Arrested on General Sessions Court capias. No bond set.
All three individuals were booked into the Putnam County Jail.